Jurgen Klopp backs Liverpool owner John Henry to remain at club despite Super League fiasco

Jack Rathborn
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Liverpool owner John W Henry (Getty Images)
Liverpool owner John W Henry (Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp has backed John W Henry to remain at Liverpool despite angering fans over his intent to join the European Super League.

The American billionaire released a video apologising to the club’s fans, as well as Klopp and his players, for their move to pursue a breakaway competition from the Uefa Champions League.

But despite several misjudgements in his time at Anfield, Klopp believes it is still best for Henry to remain in charge of the club moving forward.

“No, we hadn’t, it's not necessary,” Klopp said, when quizzed over whether Henry apologised directly to himself and the squad. “It was mentioned in the apology, the team as well, that was personal enough for me.

“We didn't speak about that since then. That's a tough one, I cannot tell millions of people how to deal with a situation, I try to focus on what I have to do and that's preparing a team for the Newcastle game.

“I know the owners, since six years, I know there are some moments they didn't make the right decisions, this time for sure, it doesn't change for me too much, I prefer to deal with problems with the people I know, rather than just changing.

“We might have the same problems again. It's always like this, we have to, as a team, be concentrated on the things we are actually here for and that's what we try to do.”

Klopp also revealed his stance on Uefa’s revamped Champions League format, criticising the governing body’s decision to go ahead with their proposals which he said adds to an already fixture schedule.

“Everyone knows my opinion on more games,” Klopp added.

“Yes, the Super League is off the table, good, very good. But it’s not the case that the new Champions League is great.

“Uefa showed me the idea and I said I don’t like it, 10 games rather than six. No idea where to put them in.

“It’s always, ‘Play more games’, but that is just not possible. In this structure at the moment it is not possible to have 20 teams in the Premier League, to play two cup competitions, and to play 10 international games before Christmas.”

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